I play in a jazz quartet. Sax, guitar, drums, electric/upright bass. I don't mind a trio with the guitarist (minus the sax) because I always have the chords behind me for soloing plus its a "multiphonic" instrument, unlike sax. Well, our guitarest couldnt make the gig tonight so it was just was sax, drums, upright tonight. To be honest, I normally don't get nervous before gigs, but tonight I was a bit skeptical about how it would go because I wouldnt have that chordal support behind me which I think helps alot. Much to my surpise, the gig went off GREAT tonight. Actually, I feel that it may have been a bit more musical without the guitarist. More opening space to fill in things. My intonation was a bit rough the few songs. But, I think without the guitarist, it made me pay attention to myself more and my intionation set in.. Has anyone else been in a situation like this and experienced it? Obviously, the norm is to always have a chordal type instrument in the band, but without one tonight, it was quite a learning experience. The rest of the guys in the band agreed that tonight was fantastic..